Bledsoe to start for Bucks; Brogdon to bench

Eric Bledsoe, who was traded from Phoenix to Milwaukee on Tuesday, will start for the Bucks in Friday's game against the Spurs.

Eric Bledsoe will start Friday against the San Antonio Spurs in his debut with the Milwaukee Bucks, who will move reigning Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon out of the starting lineup.

Bucks coach Jason Kidd told reporters that Bledsoe's speed is "something that we don't have" at the point guard position and said that the former Phoenix Suns star will be tasked with meshing with Milwaukee's other starters.

"We'll find out here quickly (how he fits with the team)," Kidd said Friday, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "It's going to take some time for him to understand his teammates and understand the defensive and offensive schemes.

"But he's a pro, he's a very smart young man and he can help us, hopefully. He's going to start tonight. We're going to start him and start that relationship with the starting group."

Bledsoe was traded from Phoenix to Milwaukee on Tuesday but did not join the Bucks for practice until Friday. Kidd did not disclose how many minutes Bledsoe, who hasn't played since Oct. 21, will see Friday and did not reveal how he would rotate playing time between Bledsoe and Brogdon.

Brogdon has started all nine of Milwaukee's games this season, averaging 16.2 points and 4.9 assists. He started 28 games as a rookie last season.

Bledsoe has not played since being sent home by Suns GM Ryan McDonough on Oct. 23 after tweeting, "I don't wanna be here," a day earlier. McDonough announced at the time that Bledsoe "won't be with us going forward," and said he didn't believe Bledsoe's explanation that he was tweeting about wanting to leave a hair salon.